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Timing Is Important for Maximizing Viagra Effects

Man taking a blue pill with a glass of water.

Like most medications, Viagra takes a while — up to an hour — to take effect.

The more you know about Viagra’s typical onset and duration of action, the greater the benefits you are likely to derive from the little blue pill. It’s also important to know what, if any, effects that eating might have on how the drug will act in your system.

The drug usually becomes fully effective 30 to 60 minutes after you take it. Those effects usually last for four to five hours, during which time you should be able to get an erection in response to feelings of sexual desire or physical stimulation of your genitals.

Can Be Taken With or Without Food

Pfizer’s directions for taking Viagra indicate that the drug can be taken with or without food. However, be prepared for a slight delay in its onset of action if you’ve just treated yourself to a fatty meal such as a cheeseburger with fries.

In a recent article that appeared in the Victoria (British Columbia) Times Colonist, syndicated medical columnist Keith Roach, M.D, shared with readers some advice he picked up from a colleague at a medical conference: “Take the pill at 6, have dinner at 7, and you’re good until midnight.” Roach noted that individual patients can switch the times around but the same basic guidelines apply.

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If you’re new to Viagra, your doctor most likely will start you off with a 50-milligram tablet, the recommended starting dose for most men with ED. However, depending on your reaction to the pill, you can subsequently lower the dose to 25 milligrams if 50 milligrams was a bit too powerful or caused unpleasant side effects, or increase it to 100 milligrams if 50 simply didn’t get the job done.

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